EX-GRAY OFFICIAL ROCHELLE WEBB, former director the D.C. Department of Employment Services, has given an exclusive interview to The Washington Times. Ms. Webb, who came from Arizona and recently was fired from the job, tells The Times in an article Tuesday, “Now is the time for me to say exactly what happened.”
UPDATE: D.C. MAYOR VINCENT C. GRAY and several D.C. Council members were among 41 people arrested Monday during a Capitol Hill protest over congressional meddling, according to The Washington Times.
They were arrested and given a $50 fine for blocking street traffic outside the Hart Senate Office Building. As part of the recent temporary-spending bill Congress passed Friday, the city could be restricted from using local funds for abortions and needle exchange and could be forced to restart a school-voucher program. Those arrested were released after about seven hours in police custody.
“We needed to make a statement about what has happened … to the District of Columbia is completely unacceptable,” Mr. Gray, a Democrat, told WRC-TV shortly after his release about midnight.
THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S 2011 session ended late Monday with lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Legislature passing a tax increase on alcohol sales and allowing some illegal-immigrant students to pay in-state college tuition. Roughly $47.5 million of the tax’s $85 million in projected first-year revenue will go to school construction, with heavily Democratic Baltimore city and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties receiving the most, The Washington Times reports. Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, is expected to sign both bills.
VIRGINIA LEGISLATORS are turning their attention this week to redrawing the state’s 11 congressional districts during Week 2 of a special redistricting session, according to The Washington Times. Republicans, who hold the House majority, are proposing a map that wouldn’t do much to change districts — mainly contracting the area of Northern Virginia districts to reflect population shifts toward the outer D.C. suburbs and away from rural, southern areas of the state. But the Democrat-led Senate wants to create a new “minority-influence” district with a higher number of black voters from Richmond and counties to the south.
THE MURDER CASE AGAINST GEORGE HUGUELY V, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player, advanced Monday a when a judge determined there was enough evidence against Mr. Huguely to send the case to the next step of the legal process. A grand jury in Charlottesville Circuit Court will decide later this month whether to indict Mr. Huguely, 23, of Chevy Chase, Md., on charges of felony murder, assault, robbery and burglary in connection with the death of Yardley Love. Ms. Love was Mr. Huguely’s on-again, off-again girlfriend and a University of Virginia student.
The judge’s decision followed a nine-hour hearing that included defense-team testimony that Mr. Huguely did not know until an hour into his interview with a detective that Ms. Love was dead and that he was a suspect. “She’s dead, George, and you killed her,” detective Lisa Reeves told Mr. Huguely hours after Love’s body was found May 3, according to The Washington Post.
VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KENNETH T. CUCCINELLI, a Republican, has issued a legal opinion that Virginians may carry weapons for personal protection into places of worship while religious services are being conducted, The Washington Post reports.